Merging modernism and tradition
Combined with insulating material, the brick reinforces the insulation and considerably limits the thermal breaks. It provides acoustic comfort and a long-lasting façade, with the building being protected against the elements and external shocks.
From the aesthetic point of view, the Terca brick allows a combination of the modern and the traditional, playing on colour and the laying of the bricks to rectify and create a vibrant effect on the façades.
This was the aim of Urbane Kultur, a firm of architects with considerable experience in restructuring communal buildings, sports, water sports and cultural centres as well as school buildings and children's centres.
Philippe Dahan, architect and partner in the firm summarises the choices behind this rehabilitation project:"Regarding the exterior structure, we had a building whose geometry was not perfect and whose thermal behaviour was seriously dated. We also had to deal with the change in the building base, which previously was open and is now enclosed down to the ground. This was achieved by adding a U-shaped metal section between the ground floor and the first floor. As well as its thermal and long-lasting qualities, in an environment where this material was already present, the Terca brick - with its warm white colour and laid using the Joints Vifs® dry joint masonry system to create an abstract, graphic effect - gives the building a calm, solid, sober look. It also has another advantage that is important in this type of renovation project: it allows structural defects and deviations in verticality to be corrected."